BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON

Structural Integrity (Asset Reliability Management)

MSc  |  Placement Year:   No

This course at Brunel stands out from others in the market because NSIRC is the UK’s first industrially-led postgraduate education centre, which is a joint initiative between TWI and Brunel University London as the lead academic partner.

There are no other postgraduate opportunities that provide a dedicated, specialist training programme that combines academic excellence through Brunel University London, with extensive up-to-date industrial experience of TWI’s experts across the many and varied disciplines essential to structural integrity, as applied in the oil and gas, power generation and transportation sectors.

Programme description

This course at Brunel stands out from others in the market because NSIRC is the UK’s first industrially-led postgraduate education centre, which is a joint initiative between TWI and Brunel University London as the lead academic partner.

There are no other postgraduate opportunities that provide a dedicated, specialist training programme that combines academic excellence through Brunel University London, with extensive up-to-date industrial experience of TWI’s experts across the many and varied disciplines essential to structural integrity, as applied in the oil and gas, power generation and transportation sectors.

Key Modules

The Structural Integrity (Asset Reliability Management) MSc is based around eight modules and an industry-led dissertation project. Please be aware modules may be subject to change.

Fracture Mechanics and Fatigue Analysis

This module focuses on the analysis of cracked and uncracked structures. The course aims to familiarise students in material behaviour of fractures and fatigue, and how the knowledge of structural integrity could prevent catastrophic failure which results in severe consequences. The module will focus on the analytical aspects of the main parameters, primary and secondary stresses, local and global collapse, fracture mechanics and fatigue analysis, particularly in terms of the linear elastic fracture mechanics, and elastic-plastic analysis with J-integral. Fracture and fatigue tests will be covered with practical sessions.

Students will gain a better knowledge and understanding of fracture mechanics and fatigue of metals and non-metallic materials, and will have the necessary background knowledge to deal with components and structures containing flaws.

This module will be assessed by a group assignment, and a written examination.

Materials - Metallurgy and Materials

This module will introduce the student to metallurgy and materials science, both in terms of physical and mechanical metallurgy. The module will focus on various metallic and non-metallic engineering materials in terms of their properties, fabrication and degradation mechanisms. Understanding of the influence of joining and surfacing techniques on the properties and degradation of these materials will be covered. Experience of practical methods for materials selection and failure analysis will be given, with reference to relevant international standards where applicable.

This module will be assessed by a group assignment, an individual assignment and a final examination.

NDT Inspection Methodology

This module covers the theoretical principles, advantages and disadvantages of the commonest NDT methods and techniques, to enable students to identify the correct inspection methods to be applied for a specific task (e.g. failure mechanism), and understand the essential variables for ensuring the inspection meets these requirements and provides relevant input into an engineering assessment. Students will be introduced to the fundamental processes involved in the generation of an inspection strategy in accordance with the requirements of international codes.

This module will be assessed through the preparation of an inspection procedure and strategy plan in conjunction with an examination.

Codes and Standards in Structural Integrity

Based on BS 7910, this module will cover the principles of failure assessment of engineering components and structures with defects. The module will focus on the Failure Assessment Diagram (FAD) approach and fracture assessment procedure, including all key features and calculation steps, such as the three levels of analysis and their corresponding needs, requirements and procedures.

Fatigue assessment procedures based on BS 7910 will then be covered with fracture mechanics based calculations of fatigue crack growth. Competency statements and BS 7910 annexes, non-planar flaws and other flaw assessment procedures will also be covered.

Other commonly referred codes in engineering practices, such as R6, R5, API 579-1I, ASME FFS-1 and DNV-OS-F101 will also be discussed. New code development will also be introduced such as the EU fitness-for-services codes.

The module will be assessed by a group and individual assignment.

Stress Analysis and Plant Inspection

This module will enable you to have a thorough understanding in stress analysis with emphasis on determination of materials properties, the relevant published material data and assessment of flaw tolerance as well as yielding, constitutive laws, contact/frictional failures and impact loading which underpin the analysis for material and structural failure.

The module provides an overview of different plants and processes within several industry sectors (i.e. oil and gas upstream and downstream, power generation), leading to a thorough understanding on how different operations work, what are the elements of each process and what different assets or plant consist of. This is crucial learning for those who do not have industrial experience. Once you are familiar with typical plant and process, it is important to know why these assets need to be inspected and how they should be inspected, allowing these to refer to the stress analysis covered earlier. Major threats are introduced together with the inspection strategy to mitigate them. At the end, the concept of Risk and Risk Based Inspection (RBI) is introduced with practical exercises.

Numerical Modelling of Solids and Structures

This module covers the theoretical and practical principles underlying Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Boundary Element Method (BEM) to enable students to understand advanced specialist topics in numerical analysis of stress and structures.

Students will learn the numerical tools for stress and strain simulations, particularly for stress concentration and cracks in solids, as well as simulations for non-destructive testing. The module will provide experience in the use of general purposed computer codes in engineering applications.

This module will be assessed by an assignment report and a technical presentation.

This module will be assessed by a group assignment and an examination.

Module & Subject
Entry Requirements
  • A minimum score of 55% - 65% or 2.75/4 - 3.25/4. Offers within the grade range are determined by the higher education institution attended.
  • IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 51 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 60% (min 55% in all areas)
Foundation Campus
No Foundation
Course Option
Course Duration: 1 year
Course Fee:  18000.00
Course Level:  POSTGRADUATE
Application Deadline 
International Student:   (15,July)
Location
Country:  UNITED KINGDOM
Campus Location:  Brunel University London, Kingston Lane Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 3PH
Intake Deadline
SEPTEMBER